Articles – Ghost 2003

Ghost 2003 HOWTO


Welcome to the 3rd edition of ITCoW’s Ghost articles. This article will cover Norton Ghost 2003. Norton Ghost 2003 is now friendlier than ever and it enables even novice users to do a full backup of their harddisk and advance users or users who has used Norton Ghost before to perform the very same task(s) such as network cloning with more ease.


GUI or Graphical User Interface is a way to present any software in a more friendly manner. The following is Ghost’s main interface.

Norton Ghost’s Main Interface

Backing up to network PC’s Harddrive

This couldn’t have been more easy! I’ll take you through:

1. Click on Backup

2.. The following screen appears: Click on Next.

3. Now, Ghost ask for what to backup. On the next screen, you can see I have 2 HDD installed. Disk 1 with C:, /boot, Linux Swap and / (root). C: is for Windows XP while the rest are partitions for Redhat Linux. Select Disk 1 will highlight all the sub partitions.

and to just show you the difference, I have hightlight Disk 2. See all sub partitions within Disk 2 are hightlight:

I’ll select Disk one and click on Next>

4. Now, the full path of the Image file that is to be dump is asked. You are also shown the Image Description that I will be backing up Disk one and all the partitions it has and the date etc.

5. Now, as I am backing up to another PC on my home network, I will have to map the other PC that will hold this image file first. Right click on My Network Places and choose Map Network Drive

Enter the path to the PC’s harddrive. You must use the root drive of the PC that is being mapped. Meaning you cannot map C:\Windows or any other directory or else Ghost will not work later. The Ghost image that is going to be dumped must be dumped to the root drive (it can be C: or D: or any drive on another PC) of the PC that is being mapped.

Doing it the wrong way

Just to show you what happens if a sub folder is mapped instead. As we learn better with mistakes…

I have mapped a sub folder by the name of F_SERV on PC, weeonmsi to Drive Y. See below.

Back to the previous screen, I select browse…

and I select F_serv on Wee on MSI blah blah blah…which is the mapped Y drive.

I then type in a name for the image that is going to be dumped. I simply name it rssitzone. Hit save.

Now the backup screen is as follows, click next:

You may not get this but just in case, don’t worry about that screen, as I am using a Microsoft USB Intelli Mouse. I simply click on OK then….

Click on Next on the following screen:

All ready! (or is it?!) Click on next:

This last screen appears telling you to create disaster recovery diskette. You can do that later. So I click on Continue…

A final Summary is shown telling you all the things that will be done the second you click on Run Now. Click Run Now or review all the options if needed.

Here we go…a final waste of time dialogue…

Then the reboot and you will see PC DOS Loading then the following screen:

Just hit enter or wait a while…r\\the following will appear…all the boot up process…

Then it prompts for a username on the PC that the image file will be dumped to. I use the administrator userID.

Then enter the password for userID administrator and you’ll see it process it for a while then returns “The command completed successfully”.

Then, the all familiar (if you have used Ghost before) screen appears and it prompts me if I want to enable spanning. Basically it means the image that is going to be dumped i larger than 2 Gb. Ghost will split each image into 2 Gb sizes. Just Yes to spanning if you do have this prompt.

After “ghosting” is complete, there you have it! A .gho file on another PC.

– Contributed by etegration
17 Dec 2002

Related Articles @ ITCoW:

1. Ghost Network Cloning
2. Ghost Network Local


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